Methusalah

From: United Kingdom

This late sixties group recorded two albums for Elektra, but only the first one was ever released. Mathew, Mark, Luke, And John was released in 1969 and is now quite rare and sought-after amongst collectors. The band evolved out of The Dimples and Gospel Garden. Original members were Craig Austin (bass, vocals), Mick Bradley (drums), John Gladwin (vocals, vibes), Les Nicol (guitar, vocals), and Terry Wincott (guitar, vocals). Methusalah inherited Gospel Garden’s management deal with Steve Roland at Double-R management and landed a three-album deal with Elektra.

Jac Holzman (label boss) brought in songwriter Kenny Young (of ‘Under The Boardwalk’ fame) to produce the group’s first album of Gladwin originals. Strangely enough, the album was never released in the U.K. and inevitably failed to take off in the US. The group then recorded the unreleased double album, however, by this time musical differences split the band apart and the second album was cancelled. Bradley joined Steamhammer, while Gladwin and Wincott signed with Island Records as Amazing Blondel. Austin and Nicol teamed up with ex-Junior’s Eyes drummer Steve Chapman to form the psychedelic trio Distant Jim.

Mathew, Mark, Luke, And John is a nice blend of folk, R&B gospel and pop psychedelia. Highlights include the folky ‘High In The Tower Of Coombe’ and ‘Methuselah’. 

Artist information sources include: The Tapestry Of Delights by Vernon Joynson

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Mathew, Mark, Luke, And John – 1969

  • High In The Tower Of Coombe
  • Methusalah
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